It’s another year almost gone. The curtain has come down on another production and a very successful show it has been.
With Whistle Down the Wind and Steel Magnolias now bedded, the committee can look back over the year and say “yes, we have achieved a lot this year”. The two productions have introduced a lot of people to performing on stage — half the cast for Whistle, both adults and children, had never been on stage and it was the same for Steel Magnolias; three had never been on stage before and for Sandra a very different experience — her first in a speaking role after her debut in Slice of the 70’s a musical revue. These also introduced some new people to pre-show — set construction and painting, getting or making costumes, essentials of backstage work of scene changes, and make-up. It takes a lot of work and a lot of people no matter what size the show.
So thank you to all those who have helped in any way during the year, just having a child involved requires a parent to ferry to and from rehearsals and to show nights. To all those parents who have ferried children back and forth, thank you very much, our shows couldn’t go ahead without your support.
Who knows the experiences gained through live performance could be the first light shining way off for a budding star of the future!
Also our thanks to the Thursday Boys who build our sets, carry out maintenance and a myriad of tasks, we couldn’t manage without you.
Looking towards the new year, first up will be Wave with the New Zealand Arts Festival at the beginning of March followed by the Maoriland Film Festival at the end of March.
So from the committee, best wishes for a cheerful and relaxed Christmas holiday and we’ll see you back next year.